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The capital city of London has a large number of skyscraper buildings, but are they using soft FM techniques? The use of soft facilities management methods are often underestimated, but we are here to tell you efficient FM is vital for a business to thrive.
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Did you know there are three types of burglaries that commercial buildings are at risk of? You need to be aware of these to ensure your property, its contents and employees are safe. Burglary by definition is the ‘Illegal entry of a building with intent to commit a crime, especially theft.’ With break-ins happening on average every 40 seconds it is important your building is properly protected to minimise the risk of this happening.
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If you want to have a safe and secure property you will need to regularly conduct security audits to ensure your processes are effective. Your security needs will continually change and grow, therefore maintenance and checks are essential. Your audit does not need to be complicated, therefore we have created this example of the types of questions you should ask yourself.
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For some businesses, security is important but optional, but for others, it is simply a necessity. Often, pro-activeness with a security plan only occurs once a break-in has occurred, but any responsible corporate business will have appropriate security processes in place to prevent criminals in the first place. Factors such as the nature of the business, property location or ability to be targeted by criminals should be acknowledged and used to create and implement an effective security strategy.
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Violence in the workplace has risen to become apart of the top 5 reasons for workplace deaths. It has become alarming that violence in the workplace is as common as it is, clearly it needs to be better controlled by employers and expressed to employees how important it is not to use or receive violence. It is required that businesses regularly conduct a hazard analysis, have security measures in place, enforce company policies and have written programs which protect employees from workplace violence. Here are our 6 top tips for controlling violence in the workplace. Review, or include, your violence prevention/harassment policies regularly (e.g. per quarter or annually). These will be apart of your general health and safety assessments. Encourage employees to report, document and investigate anything which could breach violence prevention rules. Have a workplace assessment and employee questionnaire to identify any gaps or worries which should be included in the violence prevention policy. Review your visitor access protocol as this is often what leads to violence in the workplace. Perhaps investing in a concierge security guard would be best practice for your business as they are able to combine the role of a receptionist and a security guard into one. Review previous incidents to see where the implemented policies went wrong. This could highlight gaps in the current guidelines. Make sure your new employees are fully educated on your violence prevention plan and strategy as everyone should be constantly aware of their duties to creating a safe workplace. Winns Services can provide a Concierge suited to your business and its needs, helping to prevent any unexpected damage to your workplace or employees. We pride ourselves on exceeding expectations and working with clients to offer the best solution to their queries. If you have any questions regarding the security services offered at WINNS or would like a quote, don't hesitate to call us on 01702 719100 or email us at info@winnsservices.co.uk
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All businesses need security measures in place to keep employees, properties and goods safe and secure. Proper security will prevent and deter anyone from entering without permission, this could save the company time and money having to fix or replace anything. Security will always be something for businesses to invest in as there will always be threats and risks to a company. Windows & Doors - Make it good practice for all windows and doors to be checked they are locked before leaving and closing the workplace. In the morning, also check they are still locked. If they are not then you know someone may have entered the premises illegally. A combination door lock is ideal as you can only access if you know the passcode which should be kept confidential to employees only. Security System - An alarm that contacts the police and a single individual of the company if triggered are useful so that the extent of the break-in may be reduced or the burglar be caught. CCTV is another good security system to have as you are able to gather evidence and a better sense of safety for employees. Lighting - Appropriate lighting both indoors and outdoors can act as a deterrent to break-ins as it will appear that there are still people on premises. Lighting will also help staff feel safer in the environment, especially when arriving early or leaving late. Passwords - All computers and technology being password protected may deter people from stealing the items as they cannot be entered. Security cables will also make it harder for items to be removed, another deterrent. The security of these items does not only physically protect them, but protect all their contents which could be crucial to business productivity. Security education - Educating employees and visitors of your security measures in the workplace can maintain a safe environment. Every company will have different policies in place, therefore, it isn't a ‘one size fits all’ approach. All new employees must be taught the specific guidelines and current employees must be updated as and when the policy is updated. Regular teaching of the security measures will also keep them fresh in staff’s minds. Outside - Other parts of the workplace such as the car park and lobby must have security measures in place to keep them safe and secure as they are still technically a part of the workplace. The workplace has an obligation to provide a safe working environment, therefore efficient security is necessary. WINNS Services has been established for over two decades providing cleaning and security services to clients. We pride ourselves on exceeding expectations and working with clients to offer the best solution to their queries. If you have any questions regarding the security services offered at WINNS or would like a quote, don't hesitate to call us on 01702 719100 or email us at info@winnsservices.co.uk
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